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A Healthy WordSM
Dale by Shelly
February, 2015

Hi  ,

A Happy New Year to you!! I hope that 2015 is off to a good start for you and your loved ones.

I've got some great content in this newsletter for you:
  • Ministry Updates
  • Links to My Most Popular Blog Posts   
  • Research Updates
  • Faith and Health in the News 
  • Next Faith and Health Ambassador Course Date
  • and more!
11-Week Course
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Faith and Health Ambassador Course Date

We now have Faith and Health Ambassadors in 28 US states and one Canadian provence. To see their locations, view this map.

The next opportunity to receive training to become a Faith and Health Ambassador is in early March, 2015.   

The March, 2015 course is as follows:

  • Wednesdays, March 4 - May 13 from 11 AM - 1 PM Pacific Time 
What a Previous Course Participant Had to Say

"Dale is a faithful man of God, and it was my privilege and honor to have him lead me to the feet of the Master Teacher over and over throughout the course. I wholeheartedly recommend the
Faith and Health Ambassador Course

Read more and register for the course here. If you're interested, please don't delay as only 10 days remain to sign up.
PathWay 2 Wholeness
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Lives are Being Transformed!

Churches and ministries throughout the U.S. and Canada have conducted the 10-week PathWay 2 Wholeness program.

This is our unique discipleship initiative that uses a whole-person health framework.


Read this Executive Summary of outcomes.


The 'Faith and Health Link' Workshop
"Understanding and Applying the Faith and Health Link"

That's the title of the workshop I've been offering recently. 

I've taken the content of the 10-week PathWay 2 Wholeness (P2W) program and condensed the material to 3 hours - the best that I can do!

Maybe you're considering sending someone to receive training as a Faith and Health Ambassador and to offering a P2W program at your church. This workshop could help you make that decision.

Perhaps you're struggling in your personal health and want to learn how your spirituality and health are connected.  You'll learn all about this.

Learn about the next workshop scheduled for February 11th and 18th and register at this link.

Recent Blog Posts
Jesus Wants to Live In and Through You. I blog about the key to living a life where much fruit is produced. You don't have to work at it. You only have to rest in this biblical truth. The fruit just comes about... and then God is glorified!
Read the post.

Stress, Fat and Your Faith. Chronic high stress can cause surges in your cortisol levels. High cortisol levels will contribute to weight gain and to your difficulty in losing weight. I provide some helpful resources on the spiritual dimension to better manage your stress.  Read the post. 
The Most Highlighted Verse in the Bible. Last year, the folks at Amazon released information about the most highlighted passages from their best selling Kindle books. This list of what people highlight or annotate gives us insight about what people think is important and of value. Read the post.

The Research
From Duke University

The monthly newsletter, Crossroads - Exploring Research on Religion, Spirituality and Health - is a publication of Duke University's Center for Spirituality, Theology & Health.

Here are links to their most recent newsletters:

February, 2015

January, 2015

The Power of Prayer to Heal

The NBC Evening News reported that a Catholic priest, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a fall four years ago, says he has proof that prayer can heal. Read the article.

Optimism and Cardiovascular Health

Research published in Health Behavior and Policy Review suggests that optimists may be more likely than pessimists "to be in good cardiovascular health." Investigators came to this conclusion after examining the relationship between optimism and cardiovascular health in more than 5,100 adults aged 52 to 84.  Read the abstract.
If you have any questions about our ministry or anything I've written about in this newsletter, I'd love to hear from you!

Just return an email or give me a call at 803-802-3210.

Enjoy a nice February!
In Christ,

Dale Fletcher, M.S.
Executive Director
Faith and Health Connection
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